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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

March 8, 2003
Release No: 03-03-08

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COALITION FORCES TARGET IRAQI MOBILE RADAR SYSTEM


MACDILL AFB, FL -- In response to Iraqi threats to Coalition aircraft monitoring compliance of United Nations Security Council Resolutions, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to target a mobile missile guidance radar system, located approximately 230 miles west of Baghdad. The strike occurred at approximately 12:10 a.m., EST.


The Coalition established the Southern No-Fly zone to ensure the safety of coalition aircraft monitoring Iraqi compliance with UN Resolution 688, which forbids the repression of the Iraqi people. The no-fly zone not only protects Coalition aircrews, but also the people of southern Iraq.

The last Operation Southern Watch strike was yesterday on March 7, when Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons to target a similar mobile surface-to-air missile system and an anti-aircraft artillery site in southern Iraq, also located approximately 230 miles west of Baghdad.

Coalition aircraft never target civilian populations or infrastructure and go to painstaking lengths to avoid injury to civilians and damage to civilian facilities.



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